Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa

Argentina’s Lionel Messi (centre) celebrates with teammates after winning the Copa America finals. (AP pic)


RIO DE JANEIRO: Argentina won their first major title in 28 years on Saturday when an Angel Di Maria goal gave them a 1-0 win over Brazil and a record-equalling 15th Copa America.

Di Maria got the winner midway through the first half when he lobbed Ederson after fullback Renan Lodi failed to cut out a long through ball.

Argentina’s win was a particular triumph for Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who picked up his first ever title in a blue and white shirt after more than a decade of club and individual honours.

Messi, who missed a golden chance to score with two minutes remaining, finished the tournament’s joint top goalscorer with four goals and was elected joint best player along with Neymar.